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Reflective Immersive Sophomore Experience (RISE)

What is RISE:

We are offering the Reflective Immersive Sophomore Experience (RISE) for students who would like to get a head start on their summer internship search. This opportunity offers sophomore students the opportunity to earn .25 academic credit for internship participation, allowing students to connect their liberal arts education to an off-campus, career environment. The RISE program helps students build career knowledge in their area of interest and empowers them to move confidently towards (or away from) a career field.

RISE class sessions will be offered during the spring and fall terms this academic year. Interested students will need to enroll in EXLN 201. If a student chooses to intern at a local site, limited low-cost, on-campus housing in a double room will be available. For additional information or questions, reach out to RISE program manager, Nicole Kendrick (

In the RISE program, students will:

  • Enroll in EXLN 201
  • Attend five classes during the semester. Class topics include:
    • Articulating Your Narrative
    • Searching for Internships
    • Resume & Cover Letter Writing
    • Interviewing
    • Professionalism
  • Intern locally, nationally, or internationally over the summer.
    Students can apply for local internships through Experiential Learning, Career & Employment Services (CES), or find their own
  • Have access to low-cost, on-campus housing in a double room
  • Tell their story
    Students create an ePortfolio final project showcasing their internship experiences


EXLN 201: Reflective Immersive Sophomore Experience (RISE) Internship

This course engages students in career pedagogy to provide students with preparation to search for, and engage in, a summer internship. Students will participate in a series of personal reflective analyses to uncover their strengths, define their interests in order to have a meaningful career preparatory experience. There is a strong tradition that field experience – in the broadest sense of the word – can be an important part of a college education.  In very specific ways, internships represent a form of field experience (sometimes also referred to as experiential learning).

  • This Spring 2019, 8 sections of EXLN 201 will be offered, capped at 25 students. Students will need to enroll in the class.
  • Class will meet once per week for five weeks (80 minutes).
  • During the summer, students will participate in internships.
  • In-progress grading will be used to bridge the semesters.
  • Through the program, students will learn how to prepare career documents for an internship search and get help identifying internship opportunities.
  • Students will articulate the narrative of their experience via a final project using ePortfolio. 

Participation Requirements:

  • Must be a Puget Sound student
  • Must be a sophomore (student's second year attending Puget Sound)
  • Good academic and conduct record 
  • Minimum of a 2.5 GPA
    *Exceptions will be considered via petition

Internship Information:

  • Local internship opportunities will be cultivated via Experiential Learning at Puget Sound
  • Students may also locate their own internship or consult with Career and Employment Services to find an internship. 
  • Internships may be at local, national, or international sites.
  • If a student chooses to intern at a local site, limited low-cost, on-campus housing in a double room will be made available.

Internship Requirements:

  • Students are required to intern for at least 120 hours during the summer.
  • Internships may be at local, national, or international sites.
  • Students must complete a learning agreement with their internship supervisor.

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